Magazine May 6, 2019, Issue

Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 1: Recap

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in Game of Thrones (Helen Sloan/HBO)

This episode opened with echoes of the first episode of the first season — a small child running through the village as a royal procession makes its way to the castle in the North, in preparation for the final battle to come. It’s a satisfying and tension-filled parade, with (almost) all of the characters we’ve loved and hated over the past few years finally gathering together, in a kind of uneasy unity.

But for all of the pageantry and protestations of peace and common cause, it’s impossible to watch the episode without remembering that most of these characters will not make

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